Irish Table Tennis Association CLG Annual General Meeting: Report

Con O’Ceadiagh receicving the Joe Veselsky Award from President Ken Strong

The Chairman, Joe Hickey welcomed everyone present to the meeting and introduced the President, Ken Strong, the Finance Director, Patricia Hunter, Operations Director, Rob Cowan and the Company Secretary, Jennifer Monaghan. The Chairman addressed the meeting on the changes in the Board since the last AGM, the issues arising from same including the engagement with Sport Ireland. Various members including former Directors also offered their views. The Finance Director, Mrs. Pat Hunter outlined the Company’s Financial Report and following a number of question, this report was adopted. The Reports of the Operations Director, Robert Cowan, the Company Secretary, Mrs. Jennifer Monaghan and other reports, which had been circulated in advance of the meeting, were also adopted.  Mr. Richard Butler, Chair of the Management Committee presented the reports of each of the Managers within the Management Committee.

Election of Officers:

The following were re-elected as Directors:

Chairman:                 Mr. Joseph A. Hickey
Finance Director:        Mrs. Pat Hunter
Operations Director:   Mr. Robert Cowan
Company Secretary:   Mrs. Jennifer Monaghan


Mr. Kenneth Strong stood down from this position after the maximum four year term allowed under the Constitution. Rob Cowan, on behalf of the Board and the membership generally, thanked him for all his work and dedication during the 4 years.  Mr Tony Martin was elected as the new President. Tony is a former Irish Secretary, Irish NPC, Leinster Branch Chair and President. He is also an Honorary Life Member and has served the Association for many years.

Vice Presidents: 

These were re-elected as follows:  Miss Anna Kelly, Mr. Patrick O’Brien, Mr. Tony Phillips MBE, Mr. Ivan Shorten, and Mr. Joe Finnegan

National Awards: 

The annual awards were presented at the AGM. Congratulations to all as follows: 

Junior Male Player of the Year:             Art McLaughlin
Junior Female Player of the Year:         Sophie Earley
School of the Year:                             Griffeen Valley ENTS
Para Award:                                       Colin Judge
Male Player of the Year:                      Gavin Maguire
Young Coach of the Year:                    Conor Mullally
Coach of the Year:                              Alan Taylor
Volunteer of the Year:                         Niall O’Flaherty
International Performance of the Year: Sophie Earley
Female Player of the Year:                   Sophie Earley
Club of the Year:                                 Leeside Club, Cork
Joe Veselsky Award:                            Con O’Ceadaigh

School of the Year, Griffeen Valley ENTS

International Performance of the Year: Sophie Earley

Volunteer of the Year: Niall O’Flaherty

Disciplinary Committee & Jury of Appeal: 

It was noted that new volunteers were required for these committees and the 4 Branches were invited to put forward their thoughts on suitable candidates.